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Buying Universal R/C in USA

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by wsb_champ, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. wsb_champ

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    I am think of buying new universal remote whilst on a visit to the USA to take advantage of the $ to the GBP.
    Has anyone any experience in doing this, are they truly universal?
    Any recommendations? Have $100/50GBP to spend. Currently use a OneforSix , but i won't control the Yamaha AV!

    An assortment of old and new equipement SKY Pananasonic 1999 - JVC LCD TV 2004 - Yamaha AV RX450 2003 & Philips 199? VCR

    thanks
     
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    Take a look at the Home Theatre Master remotes. A good USA-based remote "specialist" is Bluedo. Their website should give you an idea of prices of those (see the Universal Remote section) - in that sort of price range, look at the MX500 and the newer MX350. In fact, depending on where you are, you could probably order from them whilst you're there and have it shipped to your USA location. My recommendation is the MX500/IRClone package.

    For the more expensive remotes (like the Pronto) that have power supplies (for their charging cradles, usually) you will have the usual difference in power supply voltage to worry about - you'll need a stepdown transformer to use them back in the UK obviously. Also, another issue is the RF remotes use a different radio frequency in the USA than here in the UK - you need to be aware of that, particularly seeing the USA frequency is technically illegal here (I think).

    As for the remote infra-red signals, they are truly "universal" and will work with any consumer-IR kit. Also, the PC-connectable remotes like the MX700/Pronto etc will connect to any PC, obviously. Not sure about Mac compatibility tho.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    The new Harmony 880 looks stunning. Full colour display and good graphics for a decent price ($249).

    The thing that you usually lose out on buying in the USA is the coloured buttons for teletext / interactive services. With a colour display remote this would not be a problem.

    Harmony 880

    p.s. My Harmony 655 controls a Yamaha av amp without any problems.
     
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    there's been 1001 threads on this, try the search function....
     
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    Sony av3000 $70 from amazon, can learn 1000 commands and has a load already built in (but it's huge)
     

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